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Laptops All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies- P20: Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve got a strange biography. I’ve been a writer all my life. My first semi-pro job was sports editor of my high school newspaper. (Go Commodores!) After college I was a political reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio and New York (I covered four national nominating conventions and two Presidential campaigns) and a correspondent for The Associated Press. And then, in 1983, I gave in to my inner geek and became the first Executive Editor of PC Magazine, back in the days when most people asked, “What is a PC?”. | 164 Working with Desktop Icons Selecting multiple icons You have two ways to move or delete multiple icons in one step. To highlight a group of icons next to each other in the same column or row or in adjacent columns and rows follow these steps 1. Click an empty area of the desktop near one of the corners of the icon group. 2. Keep pressing the left button and drag the mouse to draw a box around all the icons you want to act upon. 3. Release the mouse button. 4. Click in the box of icons and drag them where you want them. That could be another location on the desktop to another folder or to the Recycle Bin. To select more than one icon when they re not next to each other do this 1. Click the first icon and release the mouse button. 2. Press the Ctrl key while clicking other icons you want to add to your group. 3. Release the Ctrl key and then click once more with the left mouse button. 4. Hold the mouse button and drag the icons where you want them. You can move them to another spot on the desktop to another folder or to the Recycle Bin. Hiding desktop icons If you want to temporarily clear your desktop of all icons without actually deleting them follow along 1. Right-click an empty area of the desktop. 2. Click View Show Desktop Icons. This clears the check mark from that option. To reverse this operation click Show Desktop Icons. 3. Highlight the file or folder you want to move. 4. Press and hold the left mouse button and drag the item from its current location to the desktop. 5. Release the button to place it on the desktop. Working with Desktop Icons 165 I can think of two very good reasons you might want to temporarily clear the desktop of icons. One is to present a blank background if you re capturing a picture of a program or file displayed on the desktop using Print Screen. Another reason to keep prying eyes from seeing the icons on your desktop. Moving icons about on the desktop It s your desktop and you can allow it to get as messy as you d like. But by

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